HERKIMER — Arc Herkimer received a grant from Berkshire Bank in the amount of $1,500.
Berkshire Bank presented the grant in support of the agency’s new business initiative, Copper Café, as part of the bank’s mission to build partnerships and remain actively involved in the communities it serves.
The grant announcement follows the construction of the new café in Arc Herkimer, which will be a training ground for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop restaurant and hospitality skills.
“This grant, coupled with an end-of-year appeal to donors, has allowed us to build another great partnership between Arc Herkimer and the local community,” said Lorene Bass, Executive Vice President – Supports and Services, Arc Herkimer. “We have worked diligently to bring the Copper Café to life and are excited to develop unique new opportunities for those supported to learn and grow.”
The agency’s new venture will develop job-readiness skills in cooking, customer service, food safety, kitchen technology, and more to prepare individuals for the job. employment at local restaurants and other agency locations.
It will also be open to the public, offering quality dining options within the Arc, Ilion shopping centre.
The Copper Café is currently under development and will open in early spring.